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DH | ‘Kingdom does not work’, state some of St. Maarten delegation

MPs Grisha Heyliger-Marten (centre), Christophe Emmanuel (right) and Solange Duncan (left) at the IPKO in Curaçao.
THE HAGUE–The agenda topic democratic deficit resulted in a somewhat emotional debate during the Inter-Parliamentary Consultation of the Kingdom IPKO in Curaçao on Wednesday, with some members of the St. Maarten delegation making clear that the Kingdom in its current format does not function.

Delegations of the Parliaments of Aruba, Curaçao, St. Maarten and the Netherlands all agreed that there is a democratic deficit, the commonly experienced imbalance within the Kingdom whereby the Netherlands as the biggest country has the power of control.

What not everyone in the delegations agreed on was the manner in which this should be solved. “This is my fourth IPKO, and we are still discussing the same things over and over. Let’s come up with a new, modern Kingdom Charter that works for everyone. If we can’t come to a consensus, then break the Charter. Be honest and truthful to say that it is not working,” said St. Maarten independent Member of Parliament (MP) Grisha Heyliger-Marten.

“Let’s have a discussion on whether we really want to change the Kingdom Charter, yes or no. Why not for once and for all have an IPKO that takes decisions that will fight for the true autonomy of the Caribbean countries? We need to decide: go for full equality or continue with this status of equivalence? Let’s stop dancing around the issues. I’m tired of it,” said Heyliger-Marten.

“We have a problem in the Kingdom,” said independent St. Maarten MP Christophe Emmanuel. “My objective is not trying to make it work, because it is not working. I don’t want to be part of the Kingdom because it is not working. I want the next IPKO to be about getting out, not getting more in. The next discussion should be independence,” he said.

St. Maarten MP George Pantophlet of the National Alliance said that Aruba, Curaçao and St. Maarten, “constitutional states, not countries,” are suffering. “It is not going to work. We are talking around the same things every time and we are not getting anywhere. Let’s be really serious now. See what’s in the Charter that is not working and try to come to some sort of solution,” said Pantophlet.

“There is a lot of emotion in the room, and as long as we don’t address this as a full point of urgency, we will remain going around in circles, and mutual distrust will not vanish,” said Member of the Dutch Second Chamber of Parliament Silvana Simons of the BIJ1 party.

“We will get nowhere if we pretend that emotions are not a valid part of politics, of coming together in this constellation. Discussing matters of trust is always painful for everyone, but we need to talk about this, maybe even with a mediator,” said Simons.

During Wednesday’s meeting, the delegations agreed to seek more involvement of the parliaments of the Kingdom in the process of coming to mutual regulations. It was agreed that the governments of the four countries in the Kingdom must inform the parliaments beforehand of the wish to arrive at a mutual regulation, and not after the fact.

MP Sarah Wescot-Williams of the Democratic Party (DP) St. Maarten remarked that the decision points about the mutual regulations and the democratic deficit were already established at the previous IPKO. “This is not something of today,” she said.

“Where are the instructions that should have come from our parliaments to our governments? Where are the concrete proposals about addressing the democratic deficit? They should have been here since September,” said Wescot-Williams, who also wanted to know where the Kingdom Conference was where these matters are to be discussed.

Member of the Second Chamber Jorien Wuite of the Democratic Party D66 asked the IPKO participants whether they agreed that the parliaments should have a role in the future Kingdom Conference, in the preparations and at the conference itself.

Wuite’s question was a follow-up to her earlier adopted motion in the Second Chamber that called for organising a Kingdom Conference to discuss pressing matters. Heyliger-Marten said she seconded Wuite’s proposal to have the parliaments be present at the Kingdom Conference.

The Dutch delegation agreed that the parliaments should be involved in this conference, which is still in the planning phase. In stating this, Dutch delegation leader Mariëlle Paul proposed that the IPKO would ask the governments to see if the Charter should be modernised, and if so, in what way.

Today, Friday, the IPKO will conclude with the signing of the decision list and a joint press conference.

Bron: Daily Herald

7 reacties

  1. St. Maarten in the Kingdom does not and will never work.
    Dus mooie taak voor de politici, die nog niet veroordeeld zijn, om hun
    fellow St. Maarteners daarvan te overtuigen en om daarna een referendum/volksraadspleging te starten.
    Ik ken de uitslag al: de bevolking zegt ” Wij zijn toch niet gek! Dan zijn we helemaal overgeleverd aan onze corruptici. Never nooit niet”.

  2. St Maarten een corrupter eiland kan je niet vinden op de hele wereld het is zo verrot dat er zelfs geen gras wil groeien. Ik kreeg in 1979 een opdracht van een groot bouwbedrijf uit A dam om in de TREE TOWERS het totale tegelwerk te maken, in de eerste week kreeg ik al te doen met de grootste corrupte dief genaamd Claude Watey te maken hij vroeg aan mij als je geld wil verdienen op dit eiland betaal je mij 15% van je omzet, je krijgt dan van mij mijn kaartje waar je overal mee terecht kan voor meer tegel en metselwerk, na drie maanden hield ik het voor gezien op het eiland, ben nog een keer terug geweest op St Maarten met een broer van F St die was Hof rechter op Curacrim een telefoontje was genoeg aan Claude en het geld wat ik nog tegoed had van de dief Claude Watey werd die zelfde avond nog onder de deur van mijn appartement geschoven de volgende dag zat ik in het KLM vliegtuig naar huis, ondanks ik nu al 20 jaar op curacrim woon ben ik er nooit meer geweest, en het is nog steeds het zelfde zakken vullers zooitje wat daar aan de macht is.

  3. Wat ik mis van die man die rechts op de foto zichtbaar is een dikke gouden ketting, zo’n figuur noemen wij in Nederland, de man met de kinnenbak is te vergelijken met een man zonder hersens, hij mist alleen nog een zonnebril met donker glas en goud monteur net zoals Sheik Pik Pissis alleen die heeft er nog een gouden + diamanten rolex a’58 duizend dollar om zijn pols bij, daarom heeft hij ook 8 bewakers om hem heen lopen als bewaking zo’n klok kost nogal wat per dag/jaar als PIK de deur uit gaat ??????.

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